VIDEO: Planner Organization + Stay Focused Blog Hop + Giveaways

Hi! Today’s post is a little different than most. Lately I have been getting a lot of questions about the planner I use. (I have shown it a few times on Instagram.) So I decided to share a video on it, along with some products I use with it. Also, this post is part of the Stay Focused Blog Hop… with lots of people sharing tips on planner organization.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Almost a year ago, my good friend Kristina Werner starting encouraging me to try the Erin Condren Life Planner. I was very resistant and skeptical… thinking it wouldn’t work for me. (I really wanted to be fully digital!) But in January I finally decided to give it a try. And I am so thankful I did. This planner has been life changer for me. I keep everything here – my work, my family appointments and my to-do list. And it has worked. Big time.

There are a few products that I use with my planner. Please keep in mind that I keep my planner simple, practical, clean, and not-needing-of-a-lot-of-time. There are some adorable planner nerds out there! Me? I just go with what is practical:

There are a few other products I mention in the video. All are linked in the thumbnails below.

By the way, if you use THIS link to purchase an Erin Condren Life Planner, Kristina will get a $10 credit. She has been saving up these credits and giving away big gift certificates on her blog. Fun, huh? I decided to use her link since she is the one who introduced me to the system. Also, I apologize that the video isn’t the best. I had one of those days…


This post is part of the Waffle Flower Stay Focused Blog Hop. The main purpose of the hop is to share tips on using a planner to help us get things done so we can spend more time with our loved ones or just playing. Waffle Flower has just released stamp sets that are great for planners! (You can see them all HERE.)

The next stop on the hop is the awesome blog of Joni Andaya – click HERE. To start at the beginning of the hop, visit the Waffle Flower blog.


Lots of prizes today! I will be giving the Waffle Flower Stay Focused stamp set to one lucky winner who leaves a comment here. Also, there will be one grand prize winner who will receive all 5 of the new Waffle Flower planner sets… with the winner picked from comments left on all the blogs on the hop. For your chance(s), leave a comment here by 11:59pmET on 10/10/14.

I also wanted to announce some giveaway winners. ALL winners have been emailed:


Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Waffle Flower (WF), and Amazon (AZ).





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599 thoughts on “VIDEO: Planner Organization + Stay Focused Blog Hop + Giveaways”

  1. Loved your video on how you stay organized. So many good tips that would work for me. Thanks for taking the time to share.

  2. How awesome would this be!!! I have tried to go all digital as well, but there is something about writing down my to do’s…I think I have an emotional connection to paper! Loved the reposition-able sticker idea and the erasable pens!

  3. Excellent information and video! This is my first time visiting your site and I will definitely return. Thanks for the info 😉

  4. Thank you Jennifer. Once again, your ideas are clear and make sense. It didn’t occur to me that I could actually Chang what was on a printed page. Or even that there are removable labels out there. Going shopping soon.

  5. Gee, I thought you did a great job on the video!!! Sorry you had a headache. I like how you use your planner–it makes sense to me. I really liked the repositionable stickers and how you color them to make you happy! I also liked the colored retractable erasable pens. I might need some of those. I like that you changed what was on the printed page. Great video–thanks!!

  6. Thanks for sharing so many great ideas and products with all of us. I can’t wait to order the erasable pens.

  7. Just got my Erin Condren LP, so this post was definitely very helpful! Hope your headache is gone and you are feeling better…

  8. This organizer looks amazing! I’m a big fan of planners like this one and am always looking for ways to be more organized.

  9. Wonderful ideas, wish this was available when my 4 kids were young. We tried to use a dry-erase board with some success.

  10. Love organization and truly appreciate you sharing your tips and tricks. Can see how this stamp set and others help you plan!

  11. What a fun video. I’m always looking for ways to be more efficient and you have some great ideas here. Thanks for sharing with us!

  12. Love your system and honestly I do want to try the Erin Condren planner so badly but I guess I am a little afraid of spending all the money to have it backfire on me…however I really do like how it seems to be so useful

  13. WOW! I love this planner! I have always used a wall calendar for all the things we do and birthdays, etc., but this planner could replace that! Thanks so much for your wonderful video!

  14. This sounds like a great system. I have been trying to figure out a way to get better organized and this may just what I needed. I like to mark things off too!

  15. Loved your video and showing how you use your planner. I use the Arc system and I learned some new ideas from you on how I can better use my planner pages!! I keep colored pens and pencils so that I can liven up pages also.

  16. I just ordered the pens and stickies! I love the simple layout! I’m also a busy momma of two with a full time job. I don’t have time to decorate my planner. Awesome job! Thanks! 🙂

  17. LOVE the video! Thank you! I can hardly wait to order the planner stamps…but it would be even better to WIN them!! 🙂

  18. Thanks Jennifer for sharing this great organizer
    /planner…I just love how you use it & now I will buy one too! So excited to receive & can’t wait to use it!!! Thanks again!!!

  19. Can’t wait to get my new planner so I can use your tips. I love the simple, uncluttered style you have.

  20. I love your layout! I just got my EC LP last week and I got carried away with all the decorating. I bought so many supplies and I’m already feeling overwhelmed. I think this format might suit my needs better! Thanks for sharing!

  21. I love how you keep your planner simple and organised. Thank you for your ideas on using a life planner. I also love those pens and use them for school. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Your planner looks so neat. I love how easy it is to customize your planner as well. You have such wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  23. Loving my Erin Condren! I also use Frixion pens but I like the ones you showed near the end with the caps…awesome colors! I do think I am going to try coloring my own labels…like the idea that I can make them make the colors in the EC for each month. Thanks for the idea!

  24. Great video with great ideas. I like erasable pens, but am not familiar with the Pilot ones. Thanks for all the info.

  25. Jennifer, I loved the planner and will be trying some of your ideas. But can you tell me what font you used for your name on the cover? There is a stamp in the Stampin Up catalog with the words ” just because” and I found a set you used another time (I believe from Simon Says Stamp “handwritten borders”) using that font. I have looked everywhere I know to look for it and am unable to find it. Could you help me please?
    Thanks for all you do to enable this passion of crafts!

  26. Love the video showing how you organize your planner. The tip about coloring the white stickers is perfect…just went out and got some yesterday and made my own customized stamped/colored labels for recurring events. 🙂

  27. I haven’t paid much attention to those talking about this planner (sorry Kristina), but I decided to watch your video. Now I think this might be what I’ve been looking for. Especially to organize my blog posts for my 2 companies and all those other details. And of course I added the pens and labels to my wish list. Thanks for showing this. And stamps make everything more fun!

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